Few names of speculators in real estate in the French
community of Alberta are as well known as those of Le Marchand
and Revillon. They were far from the only ones, but their
rapid rise to fortune is definitely notable.
The Franco-American, H. Milton Martin, came to Edmonton with
very little, but that all changed when his Edmonton and Camrose
investments became very profitable. In 1912, he was elected
president of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. Other names which
should be kept to the fore are the associates of Imperial
Angencies, P. E. Lessard, Adéodat Boileau, and Léo Savard,
sellers of land across the province. Western Timbers and Mines
was another enterprise which had, among others, J. H. Gariépy,
J. H. Picard and P. E. Lessard as members.
E. J. Hart made this the subject of his master’s thesis which
was published in English and in French under the title Ambitions
and Realities, the French community of Edmonton 1795-1935, in